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Les Dennis is one of the UK’s best-known entertainers with a career in showbusiness that spans 50 years.

Born in Liverpool, he came to prominence as a comedian in the 1970s after honing his craft on the northern Working Men’s Club circuit and turning pro after a winning set on New Faces. He became a stalwart of Saturday Night TV in the 80s and 90s, starring in TV comedies including The Russ Abbot Show and The Les Dennis Laughter Show performing sketches and impressions, and most famously as the host of Family Fortunes between 1987 and 2002 on ITV.

In recent years Les has enjoyed a busy career as an actor, starring with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and in numerous hit plays and musicals in the West End and on tour; as well as a playing a regular role for 2 years on Coronation Street.

Despite the pandemic; Les has kept busy, filming a travel series for Channel 5, a guest lead in the Jimmy McGovern drama Moving On and a starring role in the Christmas Special of Birds of a Feather. He is excited to be able to return to the stage in 2021.

Theatre includes: Venice Preserved (RSC); The Provoked Wife (RSC); End of the Pier (Park Theatre); The Miracle of Great Homer Street (Liverpool Royal Court); The Addams Family (Music and Lyrics); She Loves Me (Menier Chocolate Factory); Down The Dock Road (Royal Court; Liverpool); The Perfect Murder (TPM Productions); Spamalot (ATG); Hairspray (UK Tour); Jigsy (Liverpool Royal Court -best actor LPD Arts); When We Are Married (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Eurobeat (No 1 Tour/West End); Certified Male (Edinburgh Festival); The Servant Of Two Masters (Wales Theatre Company); Marlo Brando’s Corset (Edinburgh Festival); Neville’s Island (Birmingham Rep); South Pacific (Birmingham Symphony Orchestra); Art (UK Tour); Cherished Disappointments In Love (Soho Theatre); Chicago (Adelphi Theatre); Just Between Ourselves (Theatre Royal Bath); Skylight (Newbury Watermill Theatre) and Me And My Girl (Adelphi Theatre).

Television includes: Moving On; Birds of a Feather; Coronation Street; Holby City; Hotel Babylon; New Street Law; The Bill; Extras; The Quest 2; Casualty; Mersey Beat; Doctors; Brookside; Les Dennis’s Liverpool and Les Dennis and Dustin Gee’s Laughter Show.

Film includes: Sideshow; Wounded (Winner Best Feature Marbella Film Festival) and Intimate Relations.

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[West End]
London Revival, 2021
Wilbur Turnblad [Replacement]

[West End]
West End Revival, 2016

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Les Dennis Will Lead TWELFTH NIGHT at Shakespeare North Playhouse

Not Too Tame and Shakespeare North Playhouse have announced their latest co-production, a rendition of William Shakespeare’s timeless comedy, ‘Twelfth Night’. Learn more about the show here!

Photos: Go Inside Opening Night of HAMILTON UK and Ireland Tour

Check out photos from the opening night of the UK and Ireland tour of HAMILTON at the Manchester Palace Theatre on Tuesday 21 November 2023!

WHODUNNIT [UNREHEARSED], THE FORSYTE SAGA, and More Come to the Park Theatre in 2024

Park Theatre has announced a plethora of new shows for 2024, including the third installment of their hugely popular Whodunnit [Unrehearsed] series and a two-part adaptation of The Forsyte Saga. 

Photos: First Look at the UK Tour of 42ND STREET

All new photos have been released from the UK tour of 42nd Street. Samantha Womack will star as Dorothy Brock, alongside Michael Praed as Julian Marsh, Faye Tozer as Maggie Jones, Les Dennis as Bert Barry and Nicole-Lily Baisden as Peggy Sawyer.

UK Tour of 42ND STREET Comes to Milton Keynes Theatre in August

Samantha Womack will star as Dorothy Brock, alongside Michael Praed as Julian Marsh, Faye Tozer as Maggie Jones, Les Dennis as Bert Barry and Nicole-Lily Baisden as Peggy Sawyer in the UK tour of 42nd STREET. The production will visit Milton Keynes Theatre 28 August – 02 September. 

Jennifer Ellison Joins the UK Tour of The Official Take That Musical GREATEST DAYS

 Jennifer Ellison is joining The Official Take That Musical GREATEST DAYS, with a book by award-winning playwright Tim Firth. 

Review: 42ND STREET, Sadler's Wells

“You’re going out a youngster, but you’ve got to come back a star!” Ever since the pandemic forced theatres to close, then threw their return into jeopardy as actor after actor tested positive for COVID, and performances were either cancelled or more cover than normal was called on at short notice, the importance of the understudy has been back at the forefront of theatregoers’ minds. This is one very good reason for a new production to be mounted, just four years after the Theatre Royal Drury Lane version closed its doors.

Interview: 'It's a Beast of a Show' Actor Nicole-Lily Baisden on Lessons Learned in 42ND STREET

Actor Nicole-Lily Baisden is playing the role of Peggy Sawyer; fresh off the bus from small-town America, she arrives in New York City dreaming of her name in lights. Nicole-Lily spoke to BroadwayWorld about the necessary stamina she needs for this show within the show and what playing Peggy has taught her about herself.

Photos: Ruthie Henshall, Adam Garcia & The Cast of 42 STREET Arrive at Sadler's Wells

See photos of the cast of 42nd Street arriving at Sadler’s Wells ahead of their first performance, where it will play until Sunday 2 July!

Photos: First Look at 42ND STREET at Curve, Leicester and Sadler's Wells

Production photos have been released from 42nd Street at Curve, Leicester ahead of playing Sadler’s Wells. The production plays at Curve, Leicester until Saturday 3rd June, followed by a season at Sadler’s Wells, London from Wednesday 7th June 2023.

Photos: See Ruthie Henshall, Les Dennis & More in Rehearsals for 42 STREET

See rehearsal photos for 42nd Street, playing Curve, Leicester and Sadler’s Wells!

UK Tour of Peter James' WISH YOU WERE DEAD Will Visit Milton Keynes Theatre

The UK tour of Peter James' Wish You Were Dead will visit Milton Keynes Theatre, 25 Apr - Sat 29 Apr.

LIFE OF PI, THE DRIFTERS GIRL & More Set for Upcoming New Victoria Theatre Season

The New Victoria Theatre in Woking has released their newest brochure announcing full details of their upcoming season. See full programming, and learn how to purchase tickets!

Samantha Womack, Michael Praed, Faye Tozer, Les Dennis and Nicole-Lily Baisden Will Lead 42ND STREET UK Tour

​​​​​​​Samantha Womack will star as Dorothy Brock, alongside Michael Praed as Julian Marsh, Faye Tozer as Maggie Jones, Les Dennis as Bert Barry and Nicole-Lily Baisden as Peggy Sawyer in the UK tour of 42nd STREET.

Ruthie Henshall, Adam Garcia, Les Dennis and Nicole-Lily Baisden Will Lead 42ND STREET at Curve Leicester and Sadler's Wells

​​​​​​​Olivier Award-winning actress Ruthie Henshall will star as Dorothy Brock, alongside Olivier-nominee Adam Garcia as Julian Marsh, stage and TV personality Les Dennis as Bert Barry and Nicole-Lily Baisden as Peggy Sawyer in 42nd STREET at Curve, Leicester and Sadler's Wells.

TREASON THE MUSICAL Will Release a Concert Album Ahead of Global Premiere in October

Treason the Musical will ignite this year with an album, recorded from last year's Theatre Royal Drury Lane concert, and finish with a 'bang' in October with the global premiere of the fully staged production of Treason.

Paul Whitehouse Will Return to ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES Next Year

Paul Whitehouse will return to the cast of the smash hit West End show Only Fools and Horses The Musical next year, starring once again as the lovable Grandad from 9 January. The critically acclaimed musical is also extending its run at London’s Theatre Royal Haymarket for a further three months until 29 April.

Octagon Theatre Bolton Unveil Their Spring/Summer 2023 Season

The Octagon Theatre have announced a jam-packed new programme set to entertain audiences next year. Learn more about the full lineup here!


Book by 10 November. Save up to 40% on Only Fools And Horses the Musical- tickets from just £20

George Rainsford, Giovanna Fletcher & Clive Mantle to Star in WISH YOU WERE DEAD UK Tour

The UK tour of Peter James’ Wish You Were Dead: George Rainsford, will star as James’ famous detective DSI Roy Grace, alongside Giovanna Fletcher who will star as Cleo Morey and Clive Mantle, who will star as Curtis. Leon Stewart will return to the role of DS Glenn Branson.


Les Dennis has not appeared on Broadway.

Les Dennis has appeared on London's West End in 2 shows.

Les Dennis's first West End show was She Loves Me which opened in 2016

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